'I wanted him': Arsene Wenger's failed £92m Arsenal target Thomas Lemar linked again, for much less
Arsenal have recently been linked with a renewed interest in Thomas Lemar this summer. It was recently reported by MARCA, as relayed by Sport Witness, that the Gunners had made a move for Lemar in the January transfer window.
The report also suggested that Arsenal could return for Lemar in the summer. As reported by Football.London in January, Lemar was valued at just £33 million. That would certainly be a bargain considering how much Arsene Wenger nearly paid for him in 2017.
As reported by The Guardian, Arsenal had hoped to sign Lemar that summer deadline day. However, the Frenchman decided he wanted to remain at AS Monaco and rejected any move. That decision ultimately led to Manchester City’s deal to sign Alexis Sanchez collapsing.
“€100 million (£92m) for Lemar? Yes all true, I wanted him. He decided to stay at Monaco. We will come back for him.”
The offer was in the region of £92 million, which Wenger even confirmed, suggesting the club would make another move for Lemar down the line.
But Lemar moved to Atletico Madrid a year later following his World Cup win in Russia that summer and the 24-year-old has struggled to find his best form in the Spanish capital.
Now it appears that Arsenal might have a chance at going for Lemar again and it will likely be for far less than the £92 million Wenger was willing to splurge.
In fact, even that £33 million now looks pricey, considering the global health crisis and its impact on football’s finances.
The big question is, after Lemar’s struggles in Spain, would he even be worth it?
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